Chad Ford’s days at ESPN are numbered but an upcoming exit from the World Wide Leader will not keep a good man like Chad Ford down during his peak season.
Today, Ford updated his NBA big board for the seventh time — aptly named Big Board 7.0 — and it has four Wildcats included: De’Aaron Fox at No. 5, Malik Monk at No. 7, Bam Adebayo at No. 23, and Hamidou Diallo at No. 27.
Here’s what Ford said about Fox:
Fox was the highest-ranked prospect to show up at the combine and do anything besides interviews. He was measured and did medicals.
His measurements came in a little shorter than expected and his weight still isn’t quite cracking 170 pounds. But he was a big hit in interviews for NBA teams, and there is a handful of clubs that prefer him over Ball.
And then Monk:
Monk may end up moving up three or four spots on draft night thanks to where the Sixers and Magic fell in the lottery.
He’s the best shooter and scoring guard in the draft — by a long shot.
And then Adebayo:
Adebayo tested off the charts in his measurements and athletic testing portion of the combine. Teams were also impressed with his interviews.
He seems to be putting himself back into the mix as a mid-first-round pick.
And then Diallo:
Diallo posted the second-highest max vertical in draft combine history. He was one of the best athletes in Chicago. Whether or not he has an offensive game to match is the big question.
He has had workouts with the Celtics, Bucks, Bulls and Nets. He could become a top-10 pick in 2018 after another year at Kentucky, but only if he can prove that he can hit his jumper. Scouts are watching closely.
Diallo made the jump up from unranked in Ford’s new update, while the other three did not move in the rankings.
See the entire board, which does not include any other Wildcats, here.